Samuel Shute
Painting: by Aiden Lassell Ripley, 1930

Royal Governor of Massachusetts: 1716-1723

Samuel Shute arrived in Boston in October of 1716 to take up the Royal Governorship. A great deal of Shute's difficulties came from the mistrust engendered by Joseph Dudley's administration.

Shute rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army, but as Governor he found himself challenged by the rest of the Colony's government. The legislature quarreled with him over his salary, the issuance of currency, and defense against native tribes. He was further besieged by his own Lieutenant Governor in New Hampshire, who claimed full gubernatorial powers anytime Shute was away from that province.

In 1723, Shute returned to England to press the King and legislature for increased support while his Lieutenant Governor, William Dummer, administered the Colony. The Crown was unable to offer any workable solution, but allowed Governor Shute to serve the remaining years of his term in London, after which he retired to enjoy a pension in private life.